June 14, 2024

momentumspace.jpg (1722 bytes)Dewey Redman / Cecil Taylor / Elvin Jones
Momentum Space
Verve

Three giants of improvised music came together for the first time in August of 1998 in New York City to record this extraordinary studio session. Momentum Space, commissioned by The Creative Music Institute, is a collection of trios, duets, and solos, that creates a powerful musical statement.

The individual resumes of these leaders serve as bookmarks for key chapters in the history of modern jazz: Dewey Redman has been an integral part of two seminal groups, the Ornette Coleman quartet featuring Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins, plus the Keith Jarrett ensemble of the 70’s, with bassist Haden and drummer Paul Motian. Cecil Taylor has simply written his own book throughout his trailblazing career as one of the most unique piano stylists in 20th century music. Elvin Jones, primarily known as the driving rhythmic force in the great John Coltrane quartet with McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Garrison, is also unquestionably one of the most influential percussionists of all time.

The music on Momentum Space, though admittedly not for the casual listener, is ripe with buoyant and accessible passages, that will surprise and delight those who take the journey.

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